The Internet gaming community is doing its thing and being very mad in particular about Far Cry 5. The game is set in middle America, and the main antagonistic force is a cult of nationalist extremists. While the negative response to Far Cry 5 (in terms of specifically being upset about White America being the bad guys) has mostly been contained to dark corners of Twitter and such, a curious petition has appeared on the Change.org platform.
The petition is all about getting Far Cry 5 canceled. If not canceled, then having the setting changed to Canada. It’s a whole thing and laying it out in too much detail here would be more than a little uncomfortable. But imagine how someone deeply entrenched in the Alt-right/Gamergate community would react to Far Cry 5, stretch it out over several paragraphs, and you can probably guess how things go.
What makes it curious is how deeply on the nose it is. It reads almost like someone making fun of this specific type of person. It very well could be satire, a textbook case of Poe’s Law – the idea that since the Internet is purely text with no body language or vocal cadence, things like sarcasm or satire can and will be lost on people without something like a goofy smiley face at the end.
Here’s the thing though. The way things are in the gaming community lately, Poe’s Law is actually kind of a dangerous thing to fall back on. The language here isn’t that uncommon anymore if you spend time on the Internet and Social Media. Satire ceases to be satire when it’s so close to reality you can’t tell if it’s sincere or not. Even if it was intended in jest, there are plenty of people out there who will read this, feel validated and happily sign the petition. Satire isn’t satire if the target stands to benefit.